Pézenas spiderman joins protests with skyscraper climb

French climber Alain Robert reacts at the top of the building after scaling the Tour Total skyscraper in support of the anti pensions reform strikers at La Defense financial and business district near Paris, France, January 13, 2020. REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes

Robert, 57, stood with both arms aloft after reaching the summit of the 187-metre high tower, which stands in the Paris business district, La Defense.

“I am trying to use my fame for something I find meaningful,” Robert told Reuters, adding that he was himself “deeply concerned” by the pension reform plans.

Robert has climbed more than 100 structures, including the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco and the world’s tallest building, the Burj al Khalifa in Dubai.

French climber Alain Robert, also known as “Spiderman”, scales the 231 metre First Tower at the La Defense business district outside Paris May 10, 2012. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Monday’s ascent was the ninth time that Robert had climbed the Total tower.

He often climbs without permission and has been arrested on numerous occasions. He climbs without a harness, using only his bare hands, a pair of climbing shoes, and a bag of powdered chalk to wipe off the sweat.

Source: RFI